MATERIAL EXPLORATIONS DURING NAHR IN VAL TALEGGIO, BERGAMO,ITALY

In accordance with my current research, the proposal for Nature, Art and Habitat Residency revolved around researching the symbiotic relationships existent in the Woods of Val Taleggio. The aim was to acquire some insight into how I could adapt this model to the problem of air pollution in the domestic space.

Symbiosis in Val Taleggio

Symbiosis in Val Taleggio

This 4-week residency was dedicated towards exploring and understanding the good functioning of the Woods, followed by some theoretical research and material explorations. The goal was to generate ways of translating the symbiotic behavior into health beneficial textiles for the home.

Through design experiments I directly incorporated the nature of Val Taleggio into the creative work.

Through design experiments I directly incorporated the nature of Val Taleggio into the creative work.

*Photo credit Elke Eichmann

*Photo credit Elke Eichmann

*Photo credit Elke Eichmann

*Photo credit Elke Eichmann

MAPPING OF ARTISTIC RESIDENCY PART OF CONTEXTILE 2016, GUIMARÃES, PORTUGAL

Because at the core of Contextile 2016 residencies was the collaboration with the textile industry, my project was set to be developed at MoreTextile Group.

The wonderfulness of this residency lied in the fact that the company put at my disposal their digital printing technology, the materials needed to develop my artwork, as well as the technical support, so necessary when it comes to working within this setting.

My making process involved a mix of hand processes (i.e. drawing, painting with gouache)...

My making process involved a mix of hand processes (i.e. drawings, painting with gouache) and...

...and digital processes (i.e. scanning, digital manipulation).

...digital processes (i.e. scanning, digital manipulation).

Printing the artwork was the most exciting stage of the process. It was amazing to see the designs with a myriad of colors printed so quickly on the fabric and at such a large scale.

Printing the artwork was the most exciting stage of the process. It was amazing to see the designs with a myriad of colors printed so quickly on the fabric and at such a large scale.

The fabrics (mostly cotton and linen) where printed with pigments on a DuPont Artistri 2020 digital printer.  

The fabrics (mostly cotton and linen) were printed with pigments on a DuPont Artistri 2020 digital printer.

My 'studio' for several weeks was the digital printing lab at MoreTextile Group.

My 'studio' for several weeks was the digital printing lab at MoreTextile Group.

I believe the key to a successful art-industry collaboration is having the technical support offered by a knowledgeable professional. Within the residency, it was provided by Jose Fontao senior textile designer at MoreTextile Group. By not having to try to figure out how to technically solve a variety of issues, Fontao allowing me to fully dedicate to my creative process.

I believe the key to a successful art-industry collaboration is having the technical support offered by a knowledgeable professional. Within this residency it was provided by Jose Fontao senior textile designer at MoreTextile Group. By not having to try to figure out how to technically solve a varietIy of issues, Fontao allowed me fully dedicate to my creative process.

A short video capturing the enthusiasm of this residency was created by Os Fredericos The Movie Makers and can be seen here.

Breathing Nature installed at Casa Da Memoria Guimarães.

Breathing Nature installed at Casa Da Memoria Guimarães.

My stay in Guimarães ended with a presentation about my project during Textile Talks event at Vila Flor Cultural Center. Textile Talks was a two-day event aimed at promoting the presentation and discussion of contemporary textile art projects.

My stay in Guimarães ended with a presentation about my project during TEXTILESTALKS event at Vila Flor Cultural Center.

NATURE, ART & HABITAT RESIDENCY, TALEGGIO VALLEY, BERGAMO,ITALY

This year is proving to be very productive (and quite busy). I just found out that I got accepted into another international residency, the Nature, Art & Habitat Residency founded by Associazione Amici Artista Franco Normanni, a non-profit association, based in Bergamo, Italy.

'Nature, Art & Habitat at Soggiorno Mazzoleni - Taleggio Valley, Bergamo, Italy - is a summer program that aims to unfold and display a sensitive type of culture that relates to nature as a source of inspiration and a measure of available resources.  The ultimate goal is to unveil intimate links with all living organisms and to develop a more resilient and vital coexistence - in which humans would not be conceived as separate from, but part of, nature.’ [http://ilariamazzoleni.com/NAHR_about.html]

The theme of the residency is ‘The Woods – Resilience in Nature’. In accordance with my current research the project I will undertake revolves around viewing the Woods of the Taleggio Valley as a model for exploration as it represents an example of a healthy habitat.

Residency dates: May 30 - June 26, 2016

ARTISTIC RESIDENCY AT 'CONTEXTILE 2016 - INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY TEXTILES' IN THE CITY OF GUIMARÃES, PORTUGAL

I am honored to be accepted as an artist in residence within the 3rd edition of the Biennial of Contemporary Textiles to be held in Guimarães, Portugal this year.

'These artistic residencies contribute to the pursuit of biennial's strategic objectives: to approximate Textile Industry and the Embroidery of Guimarães to contemporary textile art, enabling artists to new experiences and new creative approaches, from different textile manufacturing techniques.' [http://contextile.pt/2016/en/artistic-residencies-open-call/]

The residency will take place in a company with printing techniques, and the creative outcome of it will be publicly presented at the opening of Contextile 2016 on the 30th of July in Guimarães.

Residency dates: June 27 - July 30, 2016

Exhibition dates: July 30 - October 16, 2016